About Cannonball Camp
Cannonball is the place to go stargazing. It's your own private, lakeside camp with fire. About a 1/2 mile hike in campsite from the parking area, NO CAR ACCESS. Access to trails, very quiet, you can enjoy the sunrise and sunset in a conveniently isolated situation. People park their cars at the reservoir parking area near the Workshop and walk up using the reservoir footpath up hill. Please note when packing for your visit you will be carrying your gear to your site, so pack light. There is a porta potty on the other side of the lake (about a 5 minute walk around the lake).
A NOTE ABOUT FIRES: Cannonball has a firepit, but sometimes during the summers the state bans fires for campers. We will keep you posted about the status of fires on the property when you book your reservation, but in the meantime since we would hate to take campfires out of the camping experience, we have started the #onefire campaign to keep campers happy with a fire at our communal cooking area at the lanai, where on Friday and Saturday nights there will be a fire for all to enjoy. During a fire ban, please do not start a fire up at cannonball camp's fire ring - guests who do so will be asked to leave without a refund.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 1
- Accessible by: Walk
- Accommodation: Tent
- Check in after: 4PM
- Check out before: 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Cannonball Camp
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
This place is amazing. We're used to being on top of each other at state parks - here you get your own private lake, out in the middle of nowhere. The host is incredibly gracious and accommodating. She showed us all the stuff we could use and let us borrow her metal boat and a bunch of kayaks. We were happily surprised to find a shower, though we didn't end up using it.
It's more than I’ve ever paid for a campsite, but once we got there, I realized it was worth it.
It was beautiful. Having the lake to swim and float in and the little boat dock to yourself is just a different experience. So peaceful. I’ve told all my friends to go. Mackenzie, the owner, was super nice and helpful. She sent directions before, texted me, it all was very smooth and easy.
Cannonball camp is amazing, the campsite sits right on the water with access to an awesome dock perfect for cannonballs. The site had tons of space for our group and at night the stars were an incredible site. We will definitely be returning here for future camping trips with our group.
Great place to get away and camp alongside a reservoir. The campsite has a shade structure which was very much appreciated as it can get very sunny and hot. Next time we go, we would bring along our dinning tent that is screened in so that we can enjoy our meals without being the main course ourselves for mosquitoes.
The site can accommodate 3 medium sized tents with plenty of elbow room for all and the fire pit was quintessential for any camping experience so we were glad there was no fire ban in effect.
The reservoir felt like our private lake with just the occasional visitor coming to kayak and swim but our privacy was never encroached upon. Great kayaking and swimming to be had if you enjoy being in the water. There is a small floating "island" where you can sunbathe and watch the fish ~ they may take a nibble when you're in the water though its more shocking than painful.
The porta potty is a five minute walk from the campsite and it is about a 15-20 minute walk to the parking area. Be sure to bring trash bags with you as you will need to haul out all your rubbish including compost.
Essentials to bring: water, extra shade/sunscreen, insect repellant/screened structure, trash bags and biodegradable liquid dish soap.
Folks in Laytonville were friendly and there's even a chinese restaurant for nights when you feel like eating out! So glad there was a natural food store in town as well as a decent cafe creatively named Pour Girl.
Cannonball Camp is the BEST site in Mendocino Magic, and reminded us of some of the amazing spots we've encountered backcountry. Since the photos in the listing were taken, Mackenzie has added a canopy sunshade over the picnic table, which was a savior during the mid-80 degree days during our stay. As mentioned in the site's description, it is a half mile trek from the cars, so even though we were able to lug a large cooler up the trail (we were there for 3 nights), I would recommend packing with more of a backpacking mentality. It's also pack it in/pack it out for trash and recycling, and the water station is back near the parking area (mile round trip), so be sure to show up with a decent amount of water so you're not hoofing it back and forth all the time. There were three gallons of water waiting for us in a shaded area at the site, which was awesome since we'd only brought a 1 gallon jug.
The reservoir is the main feature of the campsite + Mendocino Magic. There are provided kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats, and I would encourage campers to come with their own pool-style floaties, as we were so jealous of the ones we saw, we ended up making a trip to town to get our own.
All in all, an amazing stay. We felt like we were miles away from anyone at night when the water was calm and as smooth as glass, and we would compete to see who could spot Mars popping up in the night sky first.
This place is the best! Your own private lakeside campsite. Other people use the lake during the day (fishing, boating, swimming, hiking), but you're the only one staying on the lake. There's a porta potty about 200 feet away, and a water spigot down the hill (about a steep 5 min. walk).
If you are looking for some magic in your life look no further than Cannonball Camp. Cannonball Camp ticks all the right boxes: amazing reservoir for swimming (kayaks, rafts and paddle boats were also available, easy hike from the parking lot, potable water (we still filtered it for drinking and cooking but it was not necessary), amazing sunsets and views of the sky. There were hiking trails, wild blackberries, wild flowers and plenty of privacy. We only saw a few other people during our stay and had a super relaxing visit. For those venturing from SF the campsite is only three turns and a few hours from the Golden Gate Bridge.
I debated whether to review the site at all. It's like discovering a new favorite restaurant or band. You want to sing its praises and hope the magic is not lost when other people discover what you already know.
Thanks to Hipcamp for introducing us to Cannonball Camp!
Wow - really all I can say about this place. Got to experience a kayak cruise through a thin layer of fog on the reservoir - and it was pure magic. Sitting along the water with beers in hand and plenty of wood to burn with a clear night sky was bonus material.
In short - this is a dream campsite. Mackenzie (your host) is great too. You'll be in great hands here.
We had a blast at Cannonball Camp. It was a great spot--felt secluded but was a close enough walk down to the main Mendocino Magic buildings. The campsite is right on the water, with a dock and paddleboat ready and waiting. There's a great setup in terms of the picnic table/ cooking area, and plenty of places to walk in either direction. We'll definitely be back!
Wow, this place really is magical. This campsite is right on the water and away from anyone else. You will see people during the day kayaking, swimming, etc. but otherwise it's very private. The stars at night are magnificent. There seem to be plenty of boats etc to go around for all of the campers.
Make sure you get the code for the gate ahead of time. The walk in isn't too bad, though it is uphill and rocky. We packed lighter than we usually do but I'd still pare down for next time. There's a bbq there, you just need charcoal. A big jug of water was waiting for us, and the very nice staff brought some great wood for a fire. There were also two trash cans, one for recycling and one for landfill, and a cooler with a cute visiting frog in it for food storage. The porta potty is a bit of a walk around the lake, but not too bad.
I'd definitely bring a shade structure or even two--- the site gets a lot of sun starting about 11 or so. And bring floaties and rope- there's a metal water pipe thing you can tie the rope to so your floaties don't float away.
If you want some place to stop at after the long drive there or after you leave camp check out BIg Chief in Laytonville for po'boys and beer in their nice garden, which is dog friendly.
Beautiful location, great setup, almost total privacy and extremely helpful folks. The pond is amazing, low 70's, clear water, lots of little coves and parts to paddle around or swim in. The walk back and forth from camping spots to the car isn't bad and it has lights for walking at night. There's a huge social/activity area down near the parking that is getting developed with hammocks, community kitchen (in progress), dogs, more ponds, and folks hanging around if you want to mix social with camping and swimming. The place is a work in progress, but it's hard not to be impressed by everything they already have going and how many cool possibilities there are as it grows.